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A unique Swiss success story

Contec Fiber AG

Our extensive knowledge of the use of synthetic fibres goes back to the 1970s, when the company Arnheiter AG (Forta Seilwerke), which later became part of the Brugg Group, was granted a patent for «Fibrous reinforcement for cement-bound building components and coverings».

While the fibre invented and patented by Arnheiter AG was initially only used for reducing shrinkage cracks, the technology has been developed further and further over the years, resulting in the synthetic high-performance fibres available today. These are able to either reduce or completely replace conventional steel reinforcement, always on the basis of static calculations according to currently valid regulations and standards.

In 2010, the fibre know-how was transferred to the newly founded company Brugg Contec, which is responsible for developing and producing new high-performance fibres and marketing them worldwide.

In the course of the change in ownership in 2017 and the associated relocation of the company headquarters to Domat/Ems, the name was changed to Contec Fiber AG at the start of 2018. The company’s tried and tested services will continue to be offered to all partners and open-minded interested parties.

  1. 1878

    The beginnings

    In the summer of 1878, Adolf Arnheiter, a German cable manufacturer from Wörth am Main, and his wife (1) opened a shop (2) at Schmidgasse 24 in St. Gallen, where he sold colonial goods and cable goods.

  2. 1912

    New company headquarters

    In 1912, Adolf Arnheiter moved the cable factory to Gübsenstrasse in St. Gallen-Winkeln. The company grew organically in the years that followed. Adolf Arnheiter's cable factory became the company Adolf Arnheiter und Sohn – Adolf Arnheiter + Co and, in 1963, Arnheiter AG, Forta-Seilwerke.

  3. 1969 / 1970

    New factory construction

    Expansion of the company through the construction of a new factory and the longest cable railway in Europe.

  4. 1970

    Change of ownership

    In December 1970, Kabelwerke Brugg (Brugg Cable Works) became the main shareholder of Arnheiter AG for the first time, coming to hold 55% of the shares. The remaining shares continued to be held by Adolf Arnheiter Jr.

  5. 1976

    Exhibition of Inventions gold medal

    Gold medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva for the use of plastic fibres in concrete.

  6. 1980

    Patent for first fibre

    Granting of the patent for "Fibrous reinforcement for cement and bitumen bound building components and pavements".

  7. 1982

    Change of ownership

    Kabelwerke Brugg sells its share package to Fatzer AG, Romanshorn, which has also taken over the minority shareholding of Adolf Arnheiter Sohn.

  8. 1983

    Foundation of Fortatech AG

    In 1983, Fortatech AG is founded – and operated as a 100% subsidiary of Fatzer AG in Romanshorn until 1992.

  9. 1992

    Takeover by the Brugg Group

    Sale of Fortatech AG to the Brugg Group. Fortatech AG's area of activity includes the cable and lifting technology sector, the fibre sector and the industrial sector for fine cables and control cables, particularly for the automotive industry.

  10. 2001

    ISO certification

    Certification according to ISO 9001:2008

  11. 2010

    Foundation of Brugg Contec

    Foundation of the company Brugg Contec AG for the production, further development and distribution of Fortatech®Fibre products.

  12. 2017

    Change of ownership

    Sale of Brugg Contec AG to Contec Holding.

  13. 2018

    New company headquarters

    Relocation of the company to Domat/Ems and change of the company name to Contec Fiber AG.

  1. 1878

    The beginnings

  2. 1912

    New company headquarters

  3. 1969 / 1970

    New factory construction

  4. 1970

    Change of ownership

  5. 1976

    Exhibition of Inventions gold medal

  6. 1980

    Patent for first fibre

  7. 1982

    Change of ownership

  8. 1983

    Foundation of Fortatech AG

  9. 1992

    Takeover by the Brugg Group

  10. 2001

    ISO certification

  11. 2010

    Foundation of Brugg Contec

  12. 2017

    Change of ownership

  13. 2018

    New company headquarters

The Team

Our team comprises long-standing employees who are passionate about helping you solve interesting tasks. For decades, our customers have valued our expertise in the production and development of synthetic fibres and in the development of individual solutions, including static calculations according to the valid recommendations and standards.

  1. Alistair Jarvis

    Managing Director

    Alistair Jarvis
  2. Christlorenz Bundi

    Head of Production & Purchasing

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    Christlorenz Bundi
  3. Pascal Brocard

    Head of Sales

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    Pascal Brocard
  4. Mario Manser

    Head of Development & Marketing

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    Mario Manser
  5. Robert Bader

    Head of Engineering

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    Robert Bader
  6. Gianfranco Sabatino

    Project Engineer

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    Gianfranco Sabatino
  7. Seraina Merz

    Administration

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    Seraina Merz
  8. Enida Amidzic

    Accounting

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    Enida Amidzic

Quality promise

Swiss quality products

The high quality standards of our fibres guarantee durable and cost-optimised solutions for our customers. More than 30 years of experience impressively confirms that the technology of plastic fibre concrete is still forward-looking. The positive feedback from our customers motivates us to continue promoting the use of our fibres and to tackle new areas of application.

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